Dennis Loo

 Dennis Loo is an award-winning sociologist, co-editor of Impeach the President: the Case Against Bush and Cheney, Associate Professor of Sociology at Cal Poly Pomona and an honors graduate in Government from Harvard. He received his M.A. and Ph.D. in Sociology from the University of California at Santa Cruz. He is a former journalist and his research specialties include polling, public policy-making, social movements, and criminology.He can be reached via his blog: http://dennisloo.blogspot.com

Obama’s Counter-Terror Chief: We Have To Do It Secretly

By Dennis Loo

On Meet the Press the Sunday after 9/11, Vice-President Cheney famously stated:

“We also have to work, though, sort of the dark side, if you will. We’ve got to spend time in the shadows in the intelligence world. A lot of what needs to be done here will have to be done quietly, without any discussion, using sources and methods that are available to our intelligence agencies – if we are going to be successful.” 

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In the Face of Windstorms: Message from Dennis Loo to the National Meeting of World Can’t Wait

As those of us know, who have been watching with increasing alarm the repressive, inflamed, violent, and fascistic atmosphere that was whipped up during the unlawful tenure of Bush in the White House, and that has escalated since Obama's taking the presidency, emanating from the studios of Fox News et al and pulpits, the rule of reason, law, fairness, justice and morality have become endangered species:

          * Outrageous lies and monstrous immoral policies (including torture and pre-emptive wars of aggression) emanate from the highest offices of the land;
 
          * an abortion doctor is murdered in his own Church and Christian leaders and reactionaries like Bill O'Reilly excuse and justify the deeds of the murderer;

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California Students Rise Up, Send Tremors through Society

By Dennis Loo 

Over the last several days, the battle in California has escalated over the “budget crisis” and the massive cuts, layoffs, and fee increases in the university system - the largest university system in the world.
 
At UCLA, over a thousand students, faculty, and others created a righteous ruckus on Wednesday and Thursday, setting up a tent city, occupying a building for one day, taking to the streets, the inside, and outside, of campus buildings, stopping street traffic, and surrounding members of the UC Board of Regents who had just raised student fees by 32%, telling them “Shame on you!”

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Obama Channels Bush at West Point

By Dennis Loo

George W. Bush could have delivered every single word, every single phrase, every phony and deluded claim, from the mouth of the current president at West Point last night.



For a sense of the outrage and seriousness of those who are opposing this "change," including growing numbers of people now waking up from Hopium, see this very good video from the Times Herald-Record.

This is a harbinger of what is to come. 300 yesterday outside the gates of West Point. Tomorrow and the next days to come ... ?

As Tariq Ali said yesterday, this escalation and decision to continue this unjust, illegal war and occupation may well be Obama's most fateful decision.
 

To Be, or Not to Be in Afghanistan

By Dennis Loo  (thanks to W. Shakespeare for the literary inspiration)

To be, or not to be: that is the question:

Whether ‘tis nobler to receive the Peace Prize
And sling drones and missiles at innocents,
Or to take arms against a sea of Taliban
And by opposing them multiply them?
To die: to sleep;
No more; and by a sleep to say we end
The heart-ache, the deception, and the thousand natural shocks
That flesh is heir to, 'tis a consummation
Devoutly to be wish'd. To die, to sleep;
 
To sleep: perchance to dream of change: ay, there's the rub;

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Bombs in Briefs and Obama

By Dennis Loo

We have, on the one hand, the Nigerian student, Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab, with briefs set to explode on his flight to Detroit.
We have, on the other hand, President Obama briefing the nation recently, revealing the bombshell that, despite an alphabet soup of agencies, staffed by tens of thousands, costing tens of billions of dollars, daily downloading four times more data than contained in the Library of Congress, a suspected terrorism list of close to half a million names, to which they add scores daily, and tight security measures at airports, they still can’t connect the dots and stop someone whose father had urgently warned US authorities in November that he’d told his family that he had joined extremists, and that they should forget about him because they’re not going to see him again.
This was on top of NSA intercepting communications from Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula back in August that a Nigerian was going to carry out an attack on the US.
The good news is that the system sort of worked: they were planning to interview Umar after his flight landed.
A funny thing happened, though, on the way to Detroit.

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Reflections on the Tea Party People/Movement

By Dennis Loo

"Many of the people coalescing around the Tea Party Movement, young and old, are at the beginning of their political awakening. They are angry and frustrated by what they see and rightly so. They're in the midst of a personal storm. They see their own little boats on the verge of capsizing and they're looking for the calmer seas of yesterday. Eventually many of them will realize that there are no simple solutions and reason will moderate their fear struck emotionalism."
--"William," Peoria, Illinois, in his comment at the New York Times, 2/16/10, in response to David Barstow's 2/15/10 article, "Tea Party Lights Fuse for Rebellion on Right." 

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March 4th Demonstrations: "The World is on Fire!": the Fight to Defend Public Education

By Dennis Loo

To this house where nearly all of the light has been cut off because the windows are boarded up, choking off the air, comes now a large crew of carpenters to rip down these cursed boards. The vermin and mold that have been filling the suffocating air with their toxic fumes can then be exposed to the sunlight and the house cleansed by powerful gusts, the winds of genuine change.

The March 4th demonstrations to defend public education involved hundreds of thousands of students, faculty, staff, workers, and community members in thirty plus U.S. cities. The call for these protests originated in California in November 2009, and was taken up not only by many other states, but also in a number of countries.

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Stirrings on the Left: A Turning Point?

By Dennis Loo

Several recent developments bode well for this country, the world, and specifically for the political left. The fact that they are all occurring so close in time to each other is also salubrious. For those of us who have been wondering when things were going to break in this direction, these developments are extremely welcome and very promising. 
As I wrote on February 28, 2010 regarding the Tea Partiers and the need for the Left's response: 

"The Tea Party movement also reflects, in part, the relative strength of the forces of the reactionary Right and the relative weakness so far of the Left. Imagine the impact if the genuine Left (needless to say I'm not speaking here of the Democratic Party as the Left) had the equivalent of Fox News and the pulpit that that network alone is. We don't have its equivalent, obviously, and we're not going to get it, either. But what we can do with even a modest increase in funding and participation in the Left by new forces is immense..."

This growth of new forces on the Left that I spoke of we are now seeing the beginnings of. 

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Two Americas

By Dennis Loo

On Saturday, March 20th, two starkly different visions of American today and in the future could be seen in the streets.
On the one side: in the streets of DC and cities around the country, a resurgence of the anti-war movement. Ten thousand at least in DC, and in LA, where I was, between four to five thousand. These protests demanded an end to the immoral wars of Empire and its policies, including torture and indefinite detention.

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What Are Leaders For?

 By Dennis Loo

As an example of the kind of leadership I'm advocating for in this post, see this video of Stephanie Tang of World Can't Wait addressing the San Francisco marchers/rally on March 20, 2010.
 
In any group or society there must always be leadership. Even in groups as small as two, leadership is exercised, even if that leadership role falls to a different person on a case-by-case basis. Leadership is as necessary as a head being attached to your body is necessary. You might be kept alive by artificial means if you don't have a functioning brain, but you wouldn’t really be viable.

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World Can't Wait mobilizes people living in the United States to stand up and stop war on the world, repression and torture carried out by the US government. We take action, regardless of which political party holds power, to expose the crimes of our government, from war crimes to systematic mass incarceration, and to put humanity and the planet first.